Engine Assurance Program Celebrates Its First Year, Hires Industry Veteran Marco Cardenas as Sales Director
The Engine Assurance Program (EAP) celebrates its first anniversary. A fast-growing, boutique engine maintenance provider, EAP is the affordable hourly engine maintenance program option for operators of TFE731-2-, TFE731-3-, TFE731-4-, TFE731-5-, JT15D-4- and JT15D-5-powered aircraft.
The Honeywell TFE731 and Pratt & Whitney JT15D power more than 3,000 business jets. While aircraft values have been declining for a decade, the cost of hourly engine maintenance programs has not. Using EAP’s oversight, the engines can be operated more economically.
“Every time an aircraft leaves the fleet, the revenue stream associated with it dries up, too: crew, parts, fuel, maintenance, etc. Keeping these aircraft flying helps keep the entire industry healthy,” says Sean Lynch, EAP program coordinator.
EAP’s client roster grows every day. Most operators are shocked when they realize the benefits and savings available to them—ranging from $80-$100 per engine per hour—using EAP’s hourly maintenance plan. EAP covers scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, as well as the life-limited components, LRUs, rentals, shipping, R&R and 24-hour AOG service. Operators get full coverage with only 75 hours as the yearly minimum.
EAP’s success has meant expansion of its team. Engine expert Marco Cardenas has joined EAP after a 26-year career with Dallas Airmotive where he served as regional sales manager for Pratt & Whitney, Honeywell and Rolls-Royce engines. In his new role, Cardenas introduces operators of TFE731- and JT15D-powered aircraft to the affordable hourly engine coverage provided by the Engine Assurance Program.
“We’re excited to have Marco and his expertise on the EAP team,” says Lynch. “He understands the challenges faced by operators of TFE731 and JT15D engines, and his insight into this market will help us fulfill our mission to deliver high-quality services them.”
Cardenas served in the U.S. Marine Corps before attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He holds an FAA powerplant certificate, and he is fluent in both English and Spanish.